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Choosing a place to rent is rarely a walk in the park. You need to consider several factors before renting an apartment, villa, or any other property. As well as finding a place that meets your budget and suits your lifestyle, you also need to conduct a thorough inspection of the property and research the neighborhood. First appearances can be deceiving, so it is vital to investigate carefully when you’re checking out a rental to make sure everything really is as good as it appears to be before you jump into signing a lease. We have curated a simple checklist of what you should pay attention to before deciding if your dream property is really the right choice for you.

Look around the neighborhood

While property hunting, one of the main things you need to look for is whether the place you are renting is in a good neighborhood for you. Make sure there are supermarkets, and that hospitals or restaurants are in close proximity. If you use public transportation, look at the bus links and how close it is to the metro. If you have kids, you might want to move to a neighborhood with good schools, parks, or nurseries. Consider all the local services that would come in handy to have on your doorstep.

Check out the amenities in the building

Most apartment complexes in the city provide a wide variety of amenities like a parking spot, swimming pool, play area, and a gym. Make sure to check out all the facilities provided to ensure they are well maintained and clean. Additionally, it is also wise to keep an eye on the security system of the building by seeing if they have adequate cameras, reliable security guards and an intercom or passcode system to enter the building.

Inspect the rental space – look beyond the surface

Once you are satisfied with the neighborhood and the amenities, you need to inspect the nitty-gritty of the property. Make sure to take pictures of any pre-existing damages in the vacant property to ensure you can claim the security deposit amount in full at the end of your tenancy contract. Here are some of the main elements you need to inspect:

  • Check that there is enough lighting
  • Check all walls and tiles for any damage
  • Run all the faucets and showers to ensure they work properly
  • Take a look at all pipes to see if there are any leaks
  • Check if all fixtures and fittings (locks, light switches, windows, etc.) are in good condition
  • Make sure there is enough space for your white goods
  • Check the air conditioning and heating systems all function properly
  • Ensure that working smoke detectors are in every room

If the property is furnished, check if the furniture and appliances are in good condition. If you notice faults, make them known to the landlord and make sure they are fixed before moving in, so you are not responsible for any repairs later.

Strike a conversation with other tenants

If possible, try to talk to other residents in the neighborhood or building to get a better idea of what it’s like to live there. People will likely be willing to answer questions about the maintenance of the building and how the locality is if you tell them that you are planning to move there.

Taking all the steps mentioned above before signing your lease will help you find the perfect home and reduce the risk of any hidden surprises. If you have any questions about renting a home in the UAE, check out our most common renting questions.

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